20 best perennials for the garden

The easiest to care for perennials that will decorate any garden.


It is resistant to drought and heat, and is undemanding to the soil. At the same time it is characterized by a long blooming period. The coloring of its daisy-like flowers, which reach 7 centimeters in diameter, covers the warm part of the spectrum: yellow, red, brown shades of petals will delight you in summer and in early autumn.

Gaylardia blooms in the year of sowing.


Veronica’s long blue or red inflorescences rise triumphantly above the green, 30-50 cm tall shrub. Flowering begins from the first days of summer and continues for some time after fall. In northern areas the plant prefers a brighter location, but in the south it is better to choose a place in the penumbra.



The umbrellas, familiar from childhood, are not difficult to grow even without any gardening experience. Yarrow is not afraid of heat, drought or cold, and as for colors, seed companies now offer not only white flowers, but also various shades of pink, red and yellow.


Phlox paniculata is a tall shrub with a lush cap of flowers that fills the garden with fragrance from summer to early fall. A classic and never losing its relevance, it is ideal for filling remote areas of flowerbeds and decorating the front of the house.


An excellent flower for spacious light areas, resistant to irregular watering and heat. By the end of summer the plant forms picturesque lilac clouds of inflorescences.


The plant’s variety of colors and pleasing to the eye shade of foliage have ensured its high popularity among gardeners of the Old and New World. The best place in the bed for salvias will be the central part or close to the viewer in well-lit spaces.



A true example of diversity, known for its myriad of colors and flower shapes. Although the species likes plenty of sunlight, it is willing to put up with light shade as well. The lily leaf is not picky about soil and can tolerate temporary drought. Some varieties bloom throughout the summer, while others show all their splendor at once as a luxurious bouquet. The only thing this unpretentious plant really needs is periodic removal of weeds nearby.


A traditional plant in any fall garden: starting to bloom in late summer, it remains among the last to bloom when frost arrives. Depending on the variety and size of the shrub, it can look great in both small beds and flower beds.


The pink, red and white flowers, resembling the feathers of an exotic bird, are hard to miss. The foliage of the astilbe is also very decorative and somewhat reminiscent of a fern. The ideal place for it would be a shady area that is not prone to drought.


The meadow flower, widely known for its medicinal properties, excels at coping with drought and heat, not stopping blooming throughout the summer. Bright plants more than half a meter high will decorate the center or background part of the flower bed.



Truly gorgeous flowers, growing into lush bushes about a meter tall. In addition to the usual burgundy, pink and white varieties, there are many rarer colors, including bicolors, with the exception of the blue ones. Peony blooms begin in late spring and last into early summer.


It will make your flower garden brighter in the first days of summer, and after flowering it will retain its function as a vertical accent. It is a damp-loving plant, but it will tolerate a short-term drought if well established. Iris varieties are available in white, blue, yellow and purple as well as two-colored shades. It is also suitable as a cut version.


It is spectacular with towering stems with pink, blue, lavender, white and red inflorescences. A place for a shrub about one meter high should be chosen in a lighted area.



Some of the most common, but invariably long-awaited spring flowers are white, yellow, red and peach hues. Depending on the variety, they can bloom both early and late in the season.


Throughout the summer until fall, the scabiosa blooms lilac flowers that look like pin cushions. Being among the record-breakers in terms of the duration of flowering, the plant is excellent in sunny areas and in the penumbra and serves as a bright decoration of the front part of the flower bed.


The bright yellow “daisies” with a dark core open in gardens from midsummer and please the host until the first frosts. Rudbeckia is very favorable to the sun and tolerant of droughts.



The fleshy leaves and bright flowers of this succulent appeal to many gardeners. The hardy representative of the flora does not require watering, and its blooming lasts from midsummer until the time when most flowers are already fading.


A favorite option for the front of the flower bed, beautiful at any stage of its development. Bright foliage, non-trivial shape of the bush and inflorescences, appearing in late spring, are sure to attract attention. The plant feels great in the sun and in the penumbra.


In an autumn garden, it resembles fireworks and significantly brightens up the sadness of the passing summer. The chrysanthemum is great in both flowerbeds and containers, and the wealth of colors – reds, oranges, purples, whites and yellows – will make the last bouquets of the season bright and lush. The flower is considered a perennial, but tends to degenerate after a few seasons. However, nothing prevents new varieties from being planted every year, adding fresh accents to the flower bed.



The lush rosettes of the hosta will decorate shady areas of beds with beautiful foliage and lilac, pink or white flowers. The plant is virtually indestructible, but slugs and snails love it, so be prepared to fight them for territory. Hostas do well in containers and as annual companions they are suitable for forget-me-nots and begonias.